Make Your Own Graduation Invitations

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If you are about to graduate from high school or college, you probably already know that graduation can be a very expensive event. In order to save money, you might want to make your own graduation invitations. You can customize them any way you like, and you might even end up liking them better than the ones that you would have ordered from school.

Things You'll Need

  • Blank announcement invitation packet
  • envelopes
  • Make a list of everyone you would like to invite to your graduation. Be sure to gather their addresses. Even if you are only inviting a few people, you will still need to know exactly how many you are inviting so you can purchase the proper number of blank cards.

  • Purchase a blank graduation invitation kit. You can find these at any office supply store or at many online venues. Check the reference section of this article for examples. Some of these kits include cards that are already decorated or include stamps, seals or stickers to use on your invitations. These kits can be purchased for as little as $9.99 per dozen. Some even come with a CD that helps you design your card.

  • Once in the program, enter the size of your card to get the correct spacing. Type in the information about your graduation. Be sure to include your full name, the name of the school from which you are graduating, the date and place of the graduation, as well as contact information for any questions or RSVPs.

  • Print one invitation to check the spacing and format. Make sure there are no spelling mistakes or other errors. If everything is correct, print out all of your invitations.

  • Spend some time hand-addressing each invitation envelope. This is a much more personal touch than just running your envelopes through a mailing list on your computer. Mail your invitations at least two weeks before the event so people can plan on coming.

Tips & Warnings

  • Some people prefer to include an RSVP card with their invitations so they know the exact number of people to expect. To do this, simply purchase the correct number of 'thank you'-sized cards and use them for your RSVP information.
  • Check with your school before mailing your invitations. Larger schools may limit the number of people each student is allowed to invite.

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